God loves us all

To the Journal editor:

A crucial factor in touching the lives of others is joyfully accepting that we ourselves are unconditionally loved and loveable 24/7.

God said through the prophet Jeremiah, “I have loved you with an everlasting love. With unfailing love I have drawn you to me.”

Scripture further tells us that God is the same yesterday, today, forever. Accepting God’s promise that I am loved without condition impacts my relationship with everyone around me; they become joyful because I am joyful. Their countenance changes because my countenance changes.

Visiting in a hospital a couple of days ago, I turned the corner into a long hallway totally deserted except for the person coming toward me from the far end.

I immediately, silently, inwardly, joyfully began, “Our Father! My brother!” and continued the prayer as we steadily closed the distance between us.

By the time we met he was smiling and friendly. My “Hi there! Have a good day!” drew a “And likewise to you!” His countenance was impacted by my countenance. Our Father’s Holy Spirit had stirred one heart and penetrated another.

How could that happen? Because I know and fully accept that I am genuinely and thoroughly loved by a God who never changes the rules regardless of who I am, where I have been or what I have done.

In a broken and fractured world, accepting my own loveableness is precious beyond measure.

Chuck Tooman